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Last updated: 30 September 2000

  • 30 September 2000:
    The International Campaign to Ban Landmines has published the report "Landmine Monitor Report 2000: Toward a Mine-Free World", which is made available online at:

  • 29 September 2000:
    The World Bank - Social Development Family, Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development Network published a paper by Robert Bates, Professor of the Science of Government at Harvard University on "Ethnicity, capital formation, and conflict", which is available as a PDF-file (roughly 135KB) at:

  • 28 September 2000:
    The Canadian Policy Research Networks have published a paper "Towards a New Concept of Health: Three Discussion Papers" by Sholom Glouberman, Sari Kisilevsky, Philip Groff and Catherine Nicholson. It is available as a PDF-file (roughly 350KB) at:
    A paper on "Information Technology, Health and Health Care: A View to the Future" written by Trevor Hancock and Philip Groff is available as a PDF-file (roughly 400KB) at:

  • 28 September 2000:
    "The World Social Forum will be a new international arena for the creation and exchange of social and economic projects that promote human rights, social justice and sustainable development. It will take place every year in the city of Porto Alegre, Brazil, during the same period as the World Economic Forum, which happens in Davos, Switzerland, at the end of January". Check out their web-site at:

  • 26 September 2000:
    The Open Society Institute has published as part of its Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative a book on "Decentralization: Experiments and Reforms. Local Governments in Central and Eastern Europe", which is available online at:

  • 26 September 2000:
    Human Rights Watch have published a report on "Owed Justice: Thai Women Trafficked into Debt Bondage in Japan", which is made available online at:

  • 26 September 2000:
    The World Bank has launched a new Impact Evaluation web site on PovertyNet. The new site aims at disseminating information and providing resources for people and organizations working to assess and improve the effectiveness of projects and programs aimed at reducing poverty. It is accessible at:

  • 24 September 2000:
    The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) commissioned over 50 researchers from 35 countries to look into the social effects of institutional and policy reforms of the 1990s. The result of this project is the report "Visible Hands: Taking Responsibility for Social Development", which is made available online at:

  • 22 September 2000:
    The Health System Trust of South Africa has published the report "The Integration of Primary Health Care Services: A systematic literature review", which is available as a PDF-file (roughly 255KB) at:

  • 22 September 2000:
    "The European Community (EC)/UNFPA Initiative For Reproductive Health in Asia intends to provide financial support over a period of 4 years to reproductive health activities and services in Asia, as a result of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), held in Cairo. What makes the Initiative stand out from other projects and programmes is its main strategy to involve international, regional and local non-profit organisations in its implementation and have these work together towards a common goal." The web-site offers rich resouces (fact sheets, reports, etc.) on family planning in so-called developing countries. It can be accessed at:

  • 21 September 2000:
    William D. Savedoff, Inter-American Development Bank and T. Paul Schultz, Yale University have published a paper on "Earnings and the Elusive Dividends of Health", which looks at the relationships between health and income in Latin America. The paper is available online as a PDF-file (roughly 159KB) at:

  • 21 September 2000:
    The World Bank has launched a web-site on "Geographic Aspects of Inequality and Poverty". It offers access to "Poverty Maps". The web-site is accessible at:

  • 20 September 2000:
    UNFPA published the "State of the World Population Report 2000: Lives Together, Worlds Apart: Men and Women in a Time of Change". The report is available online at:

  • 20 September 2000:
    Alexandra Bambas, Juan Antonio Casas, Harold A. Drayton and América Valdés are the editors of a book published by PAHO, the WHO Regional Office for the Americas, on "Health and human development in the new global economy: The contributions and perspectives of civil society in the Region of the Americas." The publication is available online as a PDF-file (roughly 1.15MB) at:

  • 20 September 2000:
    The World Bank has published the report "Making Transition Work for Everyone: Poverty and Inequality in Europe and Central Asia", which is available online at:

  • 20 September 2000:
    The Quality of Life Research Unit of the University of Toronto has published a report on "A City for All Ages: fact or fiction? Effects of Government Policy Decisions on the Quality of Life of Toronto Seniors", which is available online at:

  • 17 September 2000:
    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has published its annual report on "The state of food and agriculture". Unfortunately, FAO does not make the entire report available. An executive summary is available online via the press release:
    Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the URL "Fact sheets", which offers access to a PDF-file (roughly 200KB) at:

  • 16 September 2000:
    Tim Holmes and Ian Scoones have published an IDS Working Paper on "Participatory Environmental Policy Processes: Experiences from North and South", which is available online as a PDF-file (roughly 350KB) at:

  • 16 September 2000:
    "The failure to fight famine: is policy to blame?" is the title of a working paper by Stephen Devereux (Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK). It is available online as a PDF-file (roughly 250KB) at:

  • 15 September 2000:
    The report "World Resources 2000-2001: People and Ecosystems, The Fraying Web of Life" was released today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the World Bank and the World Resources Institute (WRI). Over 175 scientists contributed to this global research effort, which took more than two years to complete. It is available online at:

  • 13 September 2000:
    Health Canada has published an "An Annotated Bibliography on Indicators for the Determinants of Health", prepared by Susan Lilley, MHSc for the Atlantic and Manitoba/Saskatchewan Regional Offices, Health Promotion and Programs Branch, Health Canada. This resource is available online at:

  • 13 September 2000:
    The World Bank has published the "World Development Report 2000/2001: Attacking Poverty". This is a very comprehensive report offering rich resources on the subject. It is made available online at:

  • 7 September 2000:
    The Transnational Resource & Action Center has published a report called "Tangled Up In Blue. Corporate Partnerships at the United Nations", which is available at:

  • 6 September 2000:
    Check out Transparency International - "a non-governmental organisation dedicated to increasing government accountability and curbing both international and national corruption. Our movement has multiple concerns:
    • humanitarian, as corruption undermines and distorts development and leads to increasing levels of human rights abuse;
    • democratic, as corruption undermines democracies and in particular the achievements of many developing countries and countries in transition;
    • ethical, as corruption undermines a society's integrity; and
    • practical, as corruption distorts the operations of markets and deprives ordinary people of the benefits which should flow from them."

  • 6 September 2000:
    Albert I. Hermalin of the University of Michigan Population Studies Center offers a paper on "Challenges to Comparative Research on Intergenerational Transfers. Elderly in Asia", which is available as a PDF-file (roughly 970KB) at:

  • 6 September 2000:
    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) makes available a paper within its section of "Working Papers" on "Corruption and the Provision of Health Care and Education Services" written by IMF staff members Sanjeev Gupta, Hamid Davoodi & Erwin Tiongson (PDF-file, roughly 1,1MB). The paper is a chapter of the forthcoming book "The political economy of corruption", edited by Arvind K. Jain and published by Routledge (London/New York):

  • 3 September 2000:
    The Lancet has published a paper by N Künzli et al. on "Public-health impact of outdoor and traffic-related air pollution: a European assessment", which is available as a PDF-file (roughly 117KB) at:

  • 1 September 2000:
    FAO has made a report available on "Agriculture towards 2015/2030", which forecasts global trends in food, nutrition and agriculture over the next 30 years. The report is accessible at:

  • 1 September 2000:
    Ravi Rannan-Eliya & Pamela Henderson have made a paper available on "Estimating household health expenditures". Though the paper dates from 1997, it still provides interesting information. The paper is accessible as a PDF-file at:

  • 1 September 2000:
    The Gender and Health Group at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine has published a web-site on "Guidelines for the analysis of Gender and Health", which is accessible at:

  • 1 September 2000:
    George A. Kaplan (University of Michigan) has written a paper on "Economic Policy is Health Policy: Conclusions from the Study of Income Inequality, Socioeconomic Status, and Health", which is now available online as a PDF-file (roughly 96KB) at:

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    I am deeply grateful for the contributions of Mrs. Ana Lucia Ruggiero (WHO-PAHO), who maintains an excellent list-service on "Equality and Health". Though I've never met you in person, here's my deepest bow to your contributions to international health, Ana Lucia.

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